Mastering Number

Supporting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to develop good number sense

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Who can take part?

Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, with some support given to subject leaders and headteachers.  This programme is open to all state-funded primary schools in England. If oversubscribed, priority for places will be given to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children.

IMPORTANT RE CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION : Please Note:

Schools on Mastery Readiness, Developing or Embedding Teaching for Mastery Work Groups in 2021/22 (next academic year) should prioritise their work here and should not apply for this.

Schools moving from Embedding to Sustaining Teaching for Mastery for 2021/22, schools who are re-engaging OR currently on Sustaining Teaching for Mastery Work Groups – you are welcome to apply for the Mastering Number work group but only if capacity allows for full participation in both projects.

What is involved?

Work Group lead participants will be supported by central training and resources. There is an expectation that they will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. There is also the expectation that they will contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

In this short video, Debbie Morgan, the NCETM’s Director for Primary, explains how the abacus-like rekenrek can be used to help children develop confidence and fluency with number. Use of a rekenrek is one element of the Mastering Number Programme, and participating schools will be provided with sets of the equipment free of charge.

What will you learn?

Participants will:

  • develop skills in working in a professional learning community, reflecting with other colleagues on their own practice, and refining skills through support and challenge within a community
  • develop a secure understanding of how to build firm mathematical foundations with a stronger subject and pedagogical understanding for EYFS and KS1
  • work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for ALL children
  • develop understanding and their use of appropriate manipulatives to support their teaching of mathematical structures.

What is the cost?

The Mastering Number project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How can you find out more?

If, before applying, you would like to find out more about what this project involves for schools and teachers, there will be three live online information/taster sessions where more details will be given. For interested schools, only one person should register for the session (the headteacher, maths lead, Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 teacher).

Click on the link below to register and sign up for the session of your choice. Please note that sessions have limited numbers of spaces, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

N.B. Registering entails providing the NCETM with your email address. To see how the NCETM’s parent organisation, Tribal, uses and protects such personal information, please read the Privacy Notice.

We’ve produced a flyer summarising the programme. Download it to share with colleagues in your own and other schools.

What should you do next?

At 13 July our Mastering Number places are full.  However, if you are interested in joining, we suggest you contact us to express your interest in case more places become available via mathshub@sjb.surrey.sch.uk.